Salty – the driving force behind the site

Not so long ago, A lady with a running blog called “The Salty One” got pregnant.  As it happened, this lady, Laura Pizmoht, was also a very avid and dedicated marathon runner, so she searched high and low for some good information about running and pregnancy. As it happened, the Internet was not very forthcoming with that information.

For the next three years Laura kept training, won some races, and had another baby; all the while noticing that it wasn’t just about pregnancy; the online running community was dominated by men, and while “you go, girl!” style resources for women were plentiful, there weren’t many places to find women who were serious about training faster, with goals of super fast PRs.  An idea sparked in her head.


Cinnamon – the creative-yet-haphazard technician

Meanwhile, Laura had coached her younger sister Kyle Gorjanc through several half marathons and also her first marathon, a significant achievement for a woman who had spent nearly her entire life overweight and unathletic. Seeing the overwhelming psychological and emotional benefits, Kyle adopted running and racing as a lifestyle as well.

So it was in December of 2011, when Laura told Kyle her New Year’s resolution was to start the website she had always dreamed of.  Kyle agreed to help with the technical execution if Laura started working on the content and the two sisters stuck their heads together and got to work!

But Laura, known to the world through her first blog as Salty, didn’t want to do it alone. She envisioned an entire community of women runners writing for each other and helping each other pursue a better, faster way.  So Kyle began writing for the site too, under the name Cinnamon. Not long afterward, a Ginger joined, and Salty Running was born!  The site launched fully on April 2, 2012, and soon signed up a Pepper, a Clove and a Mint, and a little blog became a community of seasoned runners.

Welcome to Salty Running! We encourage you to get a little spicy, tell us what you think and help us help the world get chicked!



Salty Running is a resource for women runners seeking to improve their training and racing. We’re here for women who take athletics seriously and want to learn how to run better, no matter what the pace. To be a part of this community you don’t need to be at a particular speed or level with your running as long as you love it and want to improve! We cater to every level of runner, from beginner to elite and everything in between. If you want to be a better, smarter, stronger, or faster runner then Salty Running is for you!

We take a collaborative approach featuring several bloggers at once who share their training and insights as well as articles and features that are both informative and entertaining. If you’re interested in joining the Salty Running team visit the Write for Salty Running page for more information.



Introducing Pumpkin!

Pumpkin : October 8, 2015 7:00 am : Bios


Why can’t running feel as easy as brunching?

Hello Salty Runners!  I am your latest spice, the very deliciously named Pumpkin Spice.  You can call me Pumpkin for short.  I hail from the Twin Cities, but have done most of my adulting in Moorhead, MN, essentially, on the Minnesota side of Fargo, ND.  I am coming up on 10 years of wedded bliss to my awesome husband and am a mom to a 7 year old boy and almost 5 year old girl.  They are the reason I run.  (You can read that in whatever way you want: run for them or away from them.)

Now that the awkward introduction is out of the way, let me legitimize my presence here! more »


Guess Who’s Back?

Molasses : October 7, 2015 7:00 am : Bios

I'm back! With a tortoise!

I’m back! With a tortoise!

Back again. Mo is back. Tell a friend.

Hey Salty readers and my fabulous fellow Salty writers, I missed you! The Salty bosses were gracious enough to let me take a hiatus from contributing while I explored some changes in my life and took some time to figure out what was really important to me. Don’t worry, nothing crazy happened that didn’t turn out fine in the end. I didn’t experience a traumatic loss, injury, divorce, pregnancy, job loss, career change or anything else that would have caused a major upheaval.

I did, however, get overwhelmed and overcommitted because a couple of things happened right around the time I stopped contributing: my dad was diagnosed with cancer (he’s better!! he’s doing really well!) and I was at the beginning of a really cool journey that I think I’ll be on for quite some time. more »


Running, Friendships and Motherhood Before Title IX

Sage : August 19, 2015 7:01 am : Bios

My older son. at age twp, proudly wearing his "Hire a Lady Lawyer" pin.

Christopher at age two. Check out his pin: “Hire a Lady Lawyer.”

I don’t recall precisely why I chose running and swimming as the counterbalance to studying for the bar exam. In high school I had practiced the 880-yard distance with the girls’ track team, but I’d been too slow to compete. During college, I had persuaded my roommate to jog the hills surrounding campus on Sunday mornings until the opportunity to sleep until ten had outweighed her enthusiasm for the sport. I hadn’t had the courage to run alone so I had put my sneakers away until the summer of 1976. Swimming was the more natural outlet for my mental stress, as I recalled my childhood days at the YMCA, family hours at the local public pool, synchronized swimming groups, and the lure of the rhythmic lap after lap of mile-long swims.

The gift of running found me at the three-quarter mile dirt track at the Polo Fields in Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. more »


Introducing Cardamom!

Cardamom : June 18, 2015 1:00 pm : Bios

Elle at Wineglass Half in 2013

Getting back into running was one of the best things I ever did!

Hi Salty Readers! I’m Elle, but you can call me Cardamom! I’m a runner/blogger/academic living out my New York cliché dreams by marrying a banker and living in Brooklyn. Somehow I survived dating in New York City; believe it or not, I found my husband online. Unfortunately it was not through Amazon because that would have been too easy.

Although I’ve been running on and off for several years (a story for another day), for this recent revival of my running career I’ve been running for the last three years. I may live in the Big Apple now, but don’t be fooled. This girl is a die-hard Californian who thinks Mexican should be its own food group. more »


Introducing Toffee!

Toffee : June 17, 2015 7:00 am : Bios


Elite athletes are just like regular folks! We take selfies!

Hello Salty Readers! Nice to “meet” you all! My name is Tina Muir, and I am a British elite runner represented by Saucony (in addition to other wonderful sponsors). I live in Lexington, Kentucky with my fiance Steve. I am honored to become a part of this group, and I look forward to sharing my adventures with you. I am sure you have a picture of me in your head right now. The moment I said elite runner, I am sure your mind started wandering to a gazelle like figure, flowing along at the end of the race, making it look easy. Am I right? Well, I am here to tell you that it really is not as easy as it seems.

I love to share the REAL insights into life as an elite athlete, and I am here to share them with you. We go through many ups and downs, and I like to be honest with you about them. I believe that the struggles and challenges lead to even greater rewards and accomplishments, and I am here to show you how my experience has helped me overcome them. I pride myself on being real, and I hope you can see that through my posts and my blog. more »


Introducing Dandelion!

Dandelion : June 16, 2015 1:00 pm : Bios

The road right now is uncertain, but I'll pave it with gratitude and faith.

The road right now is uncertain, but I’ll pave it with gratitude and faith.

It’s kind of funny that I’m a big fan of bullet points considering it usually takes me eighteen words to say what Webster’s can define in four. Maybe my obsessive compulsive disorder (figurative) likes the perfectly round placement. Or maybe the little bullet points provide insta-structure for my rambling. Today, they can sum up my life in three little dots:

● On Monday, after months of post-op recovery due to a debilitating injury, I, in my best J-Lo voice, said Enough and signed up for a fall marathon with the not-so-secret-anymore goal of a BQ.

● On Wednesday, my husband/partner of 14 years, straight out of the Carolina blue sky, said he was leaving, moving out, separating … tomorrow.

On Sunday, I completed my first well-paced long run and then un-hydrated some more as the flood gates opened. Again.

more »


Introducing Tarragon!

Tarragon : June 15, 2015 1:00 pm : Bios

Meca and I during the New Orleans Mardi Gras Marathon 2014.

Meca (right) and I (left) when she gave me 8 miles of running course support at the 2014 Mardi Gras Marathon in New Orleans.

Greetings, Salty Runners! I am from Nashville, Tennessee, pursuing a sub-20:00 5K. I work days as a fundraising strategist for a nonprofit hospital, and I go home to my cat Cordelia. I live next door to my younger sister, henceforth referred to as Meca, who works at Nashville Running Company, our local running store. I began running in earnest in late 2012, and after a brief medical mishap (another post for another time), I am finding local success. I hope you’ll read along as I train on the track and in my mind toward my 5K goal.  Meanwhile, some background. . .

I was always a dancer who occasionally ran for fitness around my suburban Nashville hometown. When I went to the University of Alabama to major in dance, I would not be the best in class for the first time in my life. The other dancers in the program had far more training than I, coming from performing arts schools or internships with professional companies. I spent college trying to become one of them. I came close one season. more »


Introducing Sage!

Sage : June 11, 2015 7:00 am : Bios, Masters Running

I was a mother runner back in the 80s! With my then 3-year old son in 1986.

I was an original mother runner! With my then 3-year old son in 1986.

I am a senior grand master runner (this sounds so bold!) and excited to join this wonderful community of women runners. In 1976, when I was twenty-five, I started running. It was still eight years before the women’s marathon was an Olympic event! I was self-taught. I wore baggy cotton shorts, tee shirt and Keds shoes. I was often the only woman in the male bastion of joggers at the Polo Field at Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. Regardless, I loved running, the freedom, the ease of movement, and the friendships made.

Almost thirty years later, having raised two incredible boys (one with a NYC Marathon PR of 2:44 and the other with Tucson Marathon PR of 3:26), worked as a corporate lawyer, moved more than twelve times with my husband, and with the running world an entirely different beast than in the late 1970s, I ran my first marathon (California International Marathon) at the age of 58 (at that time just a grand master). I finished, qualifying for both the Boston and the New York City Marathons. I was pale, stiff, tired, and cold; yet, I couldn’t wait to run again! more »


Introducing Caper

Caper : May 6, 2015 7:00 am : Bios

CaperI am Caper. Raised in Alaska, I have “gone native” in the ultimate wildlife habitat of Manhattan, where I work as a securities lawyer/law firm partner and run among a mass of interesting and ambitious people as much as my body will let me.

I love to run and run for love. Running makes me feel free and sets my spirits soaring. It makes me feel swift and strong on a good day and helps me work through my problems on a bad day. It is a source of companionship and closeness with the friends in the club that I run with. more »


Introducing Honey!

Honey : February 24, 2015 7:00 am : Bios

Maybe I am crazy... about running!

Maybe I am crazy… about running!

Hi Salty Community!

Get ready for Honey, bringing a little bit of sweetness to balance out the sodium!  I fell in love with running specifically because of the sisterhood I found pounding the pavement along Chicago’s lakefront with the ladies at a shoe store’s weekly “Chicks Night.”  Now, a few years and more than a few miles away, I am excited to join another community of motivated women, and I’m looking forward to being inspired by you and your path while I share my own!

In my day-to-day life I’m a middle school Special Education teacher in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City. That earns me double you-must-be-crazy looks, believe me.  Yes, I teach inner-city adolescents. By choice.  Yes, I sign up for marathons. Repeatedly.  But there’s a great explanation: I’m not just addicted to sugar, I’m also addicted to challenges.  Speaking of, I just found a great trail half near the City that’s still open… more »


Introducing Cumin!

Cumin : January 8, 2015 1:00 pm : Bios

2014 Santa Hustle 5k Finish!

2014 Santa Hustle 5k Finish!

First off, I’d like to thank Salty for allowing me to share my journey with you.  Reading the posts of this awesome group of Salties has been so inspiring for me as I begin running and pursue a healthier way of life.

Quick stats:  I was born and raised in the Midwest, and after college, moved to Los Angeles to work in the entertainment industry, and lived there for about 18 years before coming back to the Midwest to be closer to family.  I have four children.  Not the two legged kind, but the four legged kind (no, I don’t live next to a nuclear power plant).  I have three dogs and one cat.

I’m an overweight runner.  Rather, I should correct myself.  I am an obese runner. more »


Introducing Juniper!

Juniper : January 7, 2015 1:00 pm : Bios

620592_3712859254888_1502655509_oGreetings and salutations, Salty community! I’m Juniper, and I am incredibly honored to be writing for Salty Running, a blog that has both informed and inspired me. I chose the moniker “Juniper” since it’s a nickname my parents bestowed upon me in my youth as a play on my first name, Jennifer. Coincidentally, it is also the main ingredient in gin, so there’s that.

I married my high school sweetheart and we have two cats, Henry David Thoreau and J. Gatsby. I’m a high school English teacher in real life, a freelance writer on the side, and an elite triathlete in my dreams. In reality, I’m an age grouper, which is still pretty darn awesome. more »


Introducing Peppadew!

Peppadew : November 5, 2014 7:00 am : Bios

Hi, I’m Peppadew, how do you do?

I am a ultrarunner from Durban, South Africa, the home to the 89k Comrades Marathon, the biggest and oldest ultra in the world. I am also a mum of two small people and four doggy furbabies, a wife and a lawyer in one of the biggest firms in our city.  I have described our life as frenetic and full-on but it is also fun. Our Peppadew family tends to work as a solid team and while it makes life fairly chaotic there is a definite rhythm in the way we move together through our days. Everyone has their function, their task, their quirk and it all works in beautiful mayhem.

Although I dabbled in a bit of running at school, I will have to admit that my teenage years were spent chasing boys rather than chasing records… and the older I got the more slothful I became. more »


Introducing Wintergreen!

Wintergreen : November 4, 2014 1:00 pm : Bios

Wintergreen's new toy: an African Djembe drum

When I’m not running or writing, I’m … African drumming!

Hello fellow Salties! My name is Wintergreen and I live in Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario Canada. I’m looking forward to getting to know all of you and sharing my love of our great sport.

As my Salty moniker may imply I like winter. I live in Canada, so as you can imagine I have run in many a snowstorms and dodged snowploughs and salt trucks. Last year we had the coldest winter since I was a child in the 70’s. I only missed one scheduled workout. However on the coldest days it took nearly ten minutes to get dressed. By March I found myself daydreaming of shorts and t-shirts.

But there’s more to me than living and running up North! more »


Introducing Oregano!

Oregano : November 3, 2014 7:00 am : Bios

Pre-Race Thumbs Up

Pre-Race Thumbs Up

Greetings from Portland, Oregon! I am very excited to be joining the Salty crew and sharing my perspective and love for running with all of the amazing women who read and write for Salty Running!

I am a single person enjoying the last year of my 20’s and cheap rent in a house with four other 20-somethings in Portland, OR. I started running in Minnesota when I was 19, for stress relief in college, and totally fell in love. Running in Minnesota was especially great for me as a college kid, as it was pretty much impossible to get lost. Case in point: a typical thought on a run, that farm house looks about two flat, straight miles away.  I ran my first race, a 5k, during my Senior year and came in second with a 22:22. After that I decided to challenge myself and join the track team (I went to a Division III school, so anyone could join). I think this was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made and I really cherished every workout. more »


Introducing Jasmine!

Jasmine : September 3, 2014 7:00 am : Bios

Jessica Jumps

I’m so thrilled to be here, I’m jumping for joy!

Hello Salty Running friends! I’m thrilled to be joining this wild group of women runners at an exciting time in my running life. I’m preparing to make my first attempt at breaking into the world of sub-elite marathon running this year.

After many years of being an average runner, better than average cyclist and poor swimmer, it was time to take my favorite sport seriously. I am dying to tell you about everything I’ve learned in the process of becoming a better runner.

But friends, before we go any further, let me give you some background. more »


Aloha from Hibiscus!

Hibiscus : June 30, 2014 7:00 am : Bios, News

This Hibiscus is glad to meet all of you salty little things.

I’ve been running for what seems like a million years, but let’s call it an even 12.  My first race was a half marathon followed immediately by a full, and I haven’t really stopped since.

But I wasn’t always the fine specimen of athleticism you see now:


I used to be 40lbs heavier, married and childless.  Over the last few years, I have adopted a child, ended a marriage and had to deal with myself in ways I never imagined.  Lucky for you, though, I lived to tell the tale. more »


Introducing Lemongrass!

Lemongrass : June 24, 2014 7:00 am : Bios, News


I’m Lemongrass ready to do my thing!

Hi! It’s time to make a little room in your spice rack for me, Lemongrass!

I’m writing from East Greenbush, NY, a suburb of Albany, NY. I’m a  middle school English teacher (6th, 7th, and 8th grades) who loves spending time with my amazingly cute family. I have two children, a boy and a girl (ages 3 and 1) and a husband who understands and supports without complaint that long runs mean that he’s on daddy-duty.

I come to Salty Running with over ten years running experience, but I feel like I’m just hitting my stride. I took up running  in 2001 when my then-boyfriend would give me fitness tips so I wouldn’t gain the freshman 15. While I didn’t gain the weight, I dropped him! I ran a few races here and there until 2009 when I decided to try to run the New Jersey Half Marathon. It was 13.1 miles of pure torture, with temperatures over 90 degrees on that early May day. Yet, here I am! more »


Introducing Catnip!

Catnip : April 30, 2014 7:00 am : Bios


I enjoyed a race every now and then during my pregnancy.

Hello Salty readers! I am crossing over from Salty fan to join the spice rack as Catnip. I am a 31-year old new mother from Ohio working as a speech-language pathologist. I’m married to a teacher/hockey coach. Oh, and we have a cat, naturally.

I have been a runner since I was 12, joining the junior high cross country team ’cause everyone was doing it. I continued to run cross country and track through high school, graduating with a 5k PR north of 22:00. At Kalamazoo College I improved steadily, finally breaking 20:00 on the roads as a senior before moving to France for a year and training with a French team (oh, and working as an English instructor).

It wasn’t until I drank the proverbial Kool-Aid of high mileage that my times really dropped. With the help of the coaches of the Columbus Running Company Elite team I’ve now notched PRs ranging from 16:56 for 5k to a 2:51 marathon. more »


Hello, Chamomile!

Chamomile : March 24, 2014 7:00 am : Bios, News

Will run for tea!

Will run for tea!

Bonjour from bayou country, Salty Runners!

I am a newly-transplanted resident of Louisiana, and it is my pleasure to be representing Salty Running down here in the Deep South. I’m learning to appreciate Cajun culture, crawfish étouffée, big crazy festivals, and the social running scene of Baton Rouge (where the roads are flat, the weather is hot, and the motto is “Run hard, live easy!”)

My husband’s job transfers us to new cities/states/countries every couple years (or less), and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Even before I married the tall, handsome cyclist of my dreams, I was an incurable nomad with a heart set on adventure and a Honda that could be packed at a moment’s notice. more »



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  1. Heather Gelb says:

    Hi, my name is Heather. I grew up in Kent, Ohio where I thrived on my various cross country running teams. Now I am a mother of five and living in Israel where I run along ancient paths. I would love to connect with other women runners and share my running experiences. For instance, I wrote this poem about spiritual running while training for my first marathon in Tiberius, around the Sea of Galilee:

    The Race
    by Heather Gelb

    The race begins
    Deeply physical fused with deeply spiritual
    My muscles develop, my lungs expand,
    Enormous spiritual strength beats within
    Drinking water with the music, forests and solitude
    I am sustained for long distances
    My foot hits the earth, pounding out my name
    With strides that stretch over canyons of tranquility
    My thoughts soar heavenward
    I battle the Beast of Exhaustion
    I am not afraid of you
    For I deeply breath in the light of God
    A source of endless strength
    I hit the wall then soar over
    Exhilaration flowing through my veins
    Ready to leap with the gazelle
    With each contact of foot to path
    With each God given breath
    I pray
    Let this feeling never end
    Let Joy cross the finish
    Before Pain

  2. Jennifer says:

    Hi Laura-
    I guess I’m a master’s runner (46 this year) but still trying to improve. I’d love to write for this site– I already keep a blog (jennifer-runningtoboston.blogspot.com) but lately it’s only race reports.
    What kind of commitment are you looking for?
    Jennifer Wolf